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Keystone Edge’s top 5 stories of 2019

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Our top five stories of 2019 were all about local, local, local. People wanted to read about cities and towns evolving, thinking big, and using existing assets to build a brighter future. Look forward to more of the same from Keystone Edge in 2020!

1. Hearst invests in downtown Easton

A shuttered bowling alley is the future home of Bicycling magazine and Runner’s World. Fortunately for this Lehigh Valley city, goals for the space go far beyond just producing the publications: the 20,000-square-foot HQ will boast multi-media studios, space for live events, and a storefront lab where the public can scope out the latest gear.

2. A major downtown development project rises in Camp Hill

More commercial density is on the way for this charming town outside of Harrisburg. Neighbors & Smith is a boon for residents and the thriving small-business community, which has long been working towards more density and walkability.

3. Downtown Altoona gets a boost

Two new projects in the city’s urban core are the latest signs of rebirth, building on major investments from Penn State and UPMC.

4. A buzz in the valley

The towns along the Monongahela River in southwestern PA have banded together to support local economic development, increase tourism, and improve quality-of-life. Their work is paying off.

5. A PA town produces 68 percent of the country’s mushrooms

Kennett Square is the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” and they celebrate that status every year with an action-packed fungi festival. This September, head to Chester County for one of the state’s best parties.

* Our most-read story was actually from 2016! This gem on planning your Pennsylvania Staycation.

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